Wavves – Wavves

ARTIST: Wavves 220px-Wavvescover
TITLE: Wavves
YEAR RELEASED: 2008
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: California Goth
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Not unless you were a skate-rat hipster doofus.
LINEUP: Nathan Williams
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: One man band with an old sounding tape recorder doesn’t care about pegging the meter most times – and liking this all depends on your tolerance for that kind of thing no matter how catchy some of the tunes are.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Lots of fuzz, lots of vocal effects, and it’s loud. Yeah, loud, and not in a rock-and-roll way. In a ‘wow this was recorded way too hot’ way.

Still, with that, there’s some good, catchy stuff in here if you can pick through it and deal with lo-fi. There’s some real noise here too that you should exile. The tunefulness makes it a little easier to go down. But I still want to get him a new recorder or something – maybe turn down his mixing board a smidge?

No doubt this would be a favorite of the characters Kyle Mooney plays on SNL – the Cali skate rat.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: Everything on this album is done by Williams, for better or worse.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

GRADE: C+: Some good stuff, but watch the levels, man!

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